“It must be so hard to be in a relationship when you’re always traveling”
No matter which way you slice it, travel blogging is a fabulous job that does simultaneously take you away from friends, family, and even potential partners. So when you find someone worth the wait, you make it happen… Even long distance.
This is where Bae-Cations become extremely important…
Bae-Cation: A trip you take with your significant other to reconnect, relax, and remember the reasons you fell in love.
So as my birthday, which falls on Valentine’s Day, was fast approaching… we scoured destinations together to find the perfect getaway.
We decided on the beautiful islands of the Bahamas… the cerulean waters, fresh seafood, and warm weather was all we needed to know before booking our flights.
Having never been there before, I had no idea where to start, which islands to visit, or what there was to do. So I have put together a guide below of how to do a proper bae-cation in the Bahamas.
Where We Stayed:
The Cove, Eleuthera
As you pull into the paved drive, framed with lush palms... you're handed a chilled Bahama Mama as you settle into your new island home away from home. The warm smiles of the hotel staff welcomes you to the paradise that is The Cove, Eleuthera.
Sweeping views of cerulean sea run along two private beaches within the properties expansive estate. The bight and luxurious guest rooms, suites, and villas have all the modern amenities needed to fully relax and recline during your stay. With flat-screen TV's, in-room wifi, and an impeccable room service menu... you'll find it hard to leave the comforts of your new home.
Just outside your slated wooden doors, lies a beautiful infinity pool, sunset bar, restaurant, gym, spa, entertainment room, hammocks and more all at your leisurely disposal. Take a paddle board out for a spin, or snorkel the beautiful coral reefs just a short swim from the sandy shoreline.
Dine in for lunch at the lovely Gregory Town Grill to try fresh local favorites including tuna tartare and citrus conch salad. After days spent soaking up the sun, grab a drink for happy hour as the sunsets from the comfort of your own hammock (servers come to you!). In the evening, the onsite Freedom restaurant serves up a wide array of fare from fresh sushi and the catch of the day, to perfected steaks and pork chops.
The Cove Eleuthera is one of those rare gems in the Caribbean that truly understand the meaning behind an experiential and personalized stay. The staff feel like family, the resort feels like home, and the beach is your playground. This is the perfect place to get away from it all with style, sophistication, and thoughtful detail.
The Pink Sands Resort
Arriving into the lush, open-air lobby edged with impressive Banyan trees, one would immediately get the impression they were arriving into the jungle more closely related to Costa Rica or Bali.
Yet, the Pink Sands Resort on Harbor Island is a rustically quaint getaway, just a short boat ride from the island of Eleuthera.
On over 20 acres of land, this resort lays on one of the most iconic stretches of pink sand beaches in the Caribbean. Their beach bungalows are minimalistic in style, with a clean neutral palette.
Hungry? Head on over to their Blue Bar for a conch salad, or fish tacos, or opt for more formal dinner at Malcolm 51, serving everything from the freshest catch of the day to a delectable slow roasted chicken.
This beach resort is great for disconnecting from the outside world, while allowing yourself to truly reconnect with the natural beauty of the Caribbean.
What We Did:
Maybe it’s seeing him with his shirt off, freediving for his life to get you lunch but conch diving with bae is certainly a way to get the blood pumping and emotions building. Basically you go out on a half-day boat (tanning, anyone?) and then pull into a cove to snorkel around and find conchs. Once spotted, you or most likely bae will free dive down, grab the shell with conch inside, and bring it back to the boat for a lovely shore lunch. I mean is there anything more manly than watching him hunt and gather? #justsaying.
Some of the best adventures we’ve been on this trip have been when we just jumped on our bikes and went for a ride. We ended up at an old-school ice cream parlor. Hey, carbs don’t count on the islands, especially when biking! We also came across a fun reggae club with cheap beers and hopping music – Daddy Dilly’s Club and Ice Cream Parlor, neither of which are Google Map-certified, hence the surprise run-in while biking.
Have a Hammock Happy Hour:
At the end of a hard day we transition into night with the hammock happy hour, where waiters at The Cove bring you whatever you want straight to your hammock at half price until sundown. I mean, is there anything better?
Kayaking & Snorkeling: One of the days we set off on an excursion that included kayaking and snorkeling together. It was so incredible, for one… you get a work out, there are plenty of strong currents and it’s an amazing way to be active while still catching some rays. Also, the marine life we saw was second to none. From dolphins, eagle rays, and tropical fish to various sponge and fan coral. This is a great activity to do as a couple as well because you can kayak, swim and see everything together.